Are software algorithms racist and sexist? – The Indian Express

Are software algorithms racist and sexist? – The Indian Express

Written by Suanshu Khurana | Updated: August 23, 2020 10:22:58 am

Got My Eyes On You.

AI, Ain’t I a Woman?…Today we pose this question to new powers…as faces increment scars/ Old burns, new urns, collecting data, chronicling our past/ Often forgetting to deal with gender, race and class.

When Joy Buolamwini, a Ghanaian-American poet and research assistant at MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts, the US, chanted this spoken-word piece in 2018, inspired by African-American women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech from 1851, she was voicing her research findings for the masses. The piece (on YouTube) spoke of what she discovered — racial bias in the facial-recognition software created by Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft, among others. These either didn’t recognise people of colour accurately or didn’t register them at all. Or, acknowledged women as men — even former US first lady Michelle Obama, actor Oprah Winfrey, tennis player Serena Williams were not spared. Buolamwini was baffled when on wearing a white theatre mask she cleared recognition. With Timnit Gebru of Microsoft Research, she put together a paper on the flaws of algorithms. Her organisation Algorithmic Justice League’s efforts have now led cities like San Francisco, Oakland, Somerville to pass laws to ban government use of any controversial facial-recognition technology. Last month, the Massachusetts Senate approved a bill to halt law enforcement’s
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